Dishes Worth the Drive: Decadent Filet Mignon to Humble Patisserie Pastries

For this month’s choices, we have some great meat dishes, as well as a delicious French restaurant. Our first stop is at Bacchus Bar and Bistro in the Quail Hill Shopping Center, which first opened in 2005. Chef Leo Moran, has worked in Southern California restaurants for over two decades since getting his start at McCormick & Schmick’s, where he made his way up to lead line cook. Moran left …

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YiGah Restaurant: Warmth in Every Sense

In case you weren’t able to tell from my previous review with Bret of Urban Seoul or my review on BBQ chicken, I like Korean food. A lot. Tteokbokki? One of life’s purest pleasures. Anything involving kimchi? Sign me up. Drumsticks deep-fried in olive oil? I’ll take five to go, please. Even with all this resting in my belly, I craved more. How? I sat with this question for hours …

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Afters Ice Cream: Unique Sensations and Flowers Abound

“Remember when you cared about your so-called ‘diet’?” I internally whisper, almost scoldingly.  Then you decided to do food reviews. At least you’re exercising more, or whatever you have to tell yourself to rationalize eating a doughnut filled with ice cream.  Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, though.  Not that you could get ahead of anything at this point, tubby.  Ok that’s enough, conscience. Anyway, if Afters Ice Cream is …

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85ºC Bakery: The Way Bread Should Be

Bret If you don’t already know about 85°C, you’re in for a treat… or 10… or 20. The bakery, whose name comes from the “ideal” temperature for coffee (185°F, for those who are now anxiously wondering whether or not they’re making coffee correctly), has been a worldwide phenomenon since it opened in 2004.  The Irvine location is 85°C’s first U.S. store, and I have to say…there’s one more reason Irvine …

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Dishes Worth the Drive: Authentic Mexican and Broken Rice’s Brick-and-Mortar Location

For this week’s Dishes Worth the Drive from Los Angeles to Irvine, we’re going on a multicultural culinary journey from Mexico to Vietnam! First up this week, Taco Rosa in Irvine brings a little bit of Mexico to Orange County. The first one opened in Newport Beach in 2003, followed by the Irvine location in 2006. It’s the same as the full-service Mexico City restaurant from chef and owner Ivan …

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Broken Rice Finds a Home at TRADE Food Hall

Irvine fans of Broken Rice, the popular Vietnamese food truck that has serviced the O.C. and L.A. areas for the past three years, no longer need to worry about tracking one of their trucks down across the county to grab a bite of their delicious fare. The restaurant on wheels has laid ground at a new, more permanent spot. Their first brick-and-mortar location can be found at TRADE Food Hall, …

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BBQ Chicken: Quality, Innovation and Great Tasting Food

I don’t have fried chicken too often. Once upon a time, when concern about my cholesterol was but a distant concept, fried chicken would usually end up on my plate when offered. I thought these days were mostly behind me, now that I’ve trained myself to avoid these temptations. This was, of course, until I found a place nearby called BBQ Chicken. You see, they don’t serve the standard style …

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5 Best Local Wine Bars

Are you looking for a relaxing spot to enjoy a nice glass of wine? A date night for a wine connoisseur? Or are you trying to turn Wine Wednesday into a daily routine? Look no further and check out these five local wine spots to get your red, white and rosé fix on!   Bacchus Bar and Bistro Bacchus Bar and Bistro is the perfect neighborhood hangout spot to have …

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